While exploring some new product production, I got to spend a few weeks in Mumbai last month. It has been a long time since I've spent more than a few days visiting, and it was so nice to fall into the pace of life there. Even though it's a city of 18 million people and can be frenetic at times, it also has a slow sultriness that all tropical cities by the sea seem to have. Being there at this time of year didn't hurt either with weather in the 70s F. It was sunny and breezy with no humidity.
I used to visit Mumbai a lot when I was very young to visit family in Juhu, a beach neighborhood of the city. Back then Mumbai was still called Bombay -- the name was changed in 1996 -- and to be honest, everyone I know in India, including myself and my family, still calls it Bombay. It's not "correct," I know, but Bombay will always be Bombay to me.
The city also looked great due to the successful efforts of the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan campaign, a project launched by the government to create a clean India. I was so happy to see many streets clear of rubbish and with accessible waste and recycling bins. And everywhere I went there was signage about creating a clean and green Mumbai. I saw a very positive change from my last trip to Mumbai a few years ago.
On this trip I arrived in time for Republic Day (which made this city even more colorful than it already was), walked the Khala Ghoda Arts Festival, visited some fave shops and restaurants, and luckily had enough time to explore the incredible wildlife of the city, plus become a member of the Bombay Natural History Society! More on the wildlife soon. Here are some visions of beautiful Bombay: